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RATINGS: 1405   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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This Old Ale conjures up thoughts of classic sea fairing ports, there local pubs and the weathered fisherman that frequent them. In traditional style Curmudgeon is brewed with an intense focus on the malt bill creating a very strong, rich, malty characteristic and a sweetness indicative of its cousin the barleywine. We are especially proud of the balance in this beer making it deceptively smooth and drinkable at 9.8% alcohol by volume.
Editor’s Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2007
Sweet spicy malt nose on the brown beer. Faint white head. Sweet port like body. Dark fruits and a little grapefruit finish. Lots of bourbon.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kseecs16 (1193) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2007
Bottle. Poured a cloudy orange-brown, a bit dingy looking with a little head. Smell of citrusy fruit, nice and crisp. Sweet, malty with a distincty astringency of grapefruit and alcohol. Feels a bit too carbonated with a medium body.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
waolsen (1358) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2007
bottle. mahogony pour with thin head. very strong aroma of oaky bourbon, sugar, caramel malts, mild fruits and floral hops. full bodied. bourbon dominates palate. paper, suagr, rich malts, floral hops. bitter finish. I enjoy bourbon beers but this had too much bourbon for my liking.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2007
Thanks to Hopscotch. Pours a murky mahognay with small almond head. Aroma is sweet and very rich with hints of bourbon, oak, vanilla, brown sugar. Taste is full onslaught of sweet richness. Sugary bite, brown sugar, caramel, mollasses, toffee, oak, bourbon, coconut. Lingering sugary sweetness with the booze staying strong on the tongue and leaving a smokey finish. Roasted malt and a touch of chocolate lead to more brown sugar, vanilla, and caramel. Really what a complex beer and old ales are becoming a favorite of mine

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4010) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2007
WBF. Pours a copper amber. Offwhite head. The aroma is sweet, bourbon, sour. Flavor is similar. Strong. Need to try out of a bottle

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2008 Vintage 2006. Malty nose with subtle hints of oak. Cloves, toffee, malts, and bourbon are the array of flavors in this complex beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2007
12oz poured a golden red with small white-tan head. Nose was all malt, with trace of alcohol. Finally something for the stein. Can not find any date anywhere, but there is a definite bourbon to this, and lots of work wood. There was no taste of alcohol, but a strong warming. Nice stuff, when I open the lid to the stein, lots of funky malts come out. Trade, thanks.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 10, 2007
12 oz. bottle from OhioDad. Pours a hazy caramel color with a small and fast diminishing off white head. Dry woody aroma, young oak, hints of toffee and clover. Tart and extremely tannic in the flavor, lots of oak, somewhat sweet malts, but overshadowed by tannins and astringent herbs, with alcohol and slight pepper finish. Full body, creamy carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2007
Thanks to footbalm for the bottle. Cloudy orange/copper color with a small head. No retention. Aroma of bourbon, brown sugar and vanilla. Taste has a little dark fruit along with the sweet brown sugar, bourbon and vanilla. Also some sourness throughout, maybe close to peaches. Just a little warm. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaxxDaddy (407) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Secret Santa (thanks!). Pours dark reddish-brown with traces of off-white head that leave as quickly as they came. I could smell this bad boy as soon as I opened it, so I knew that I wouldn’t have to dig too much here. This must be a 2006 bottle because there’s a big oak presence here, got hints of bourbon and brandy interestingly enough. Additionally, got some caramel, malty sweetness, and a few times I caught some coconut in there, which was odd, but I love coconut, so hell yeah! As the beer warmed up, the bourbon influence took over the aroma almost entirely. But enough about how it smelled...that’s just foreplay. Taste was nice, mostly bourbon, but has a good background of malty sweetness to complement it. Finish was pretty boozy, more bourbon of course. Pretty sticky palate, definitely good for this sort of brew, despite its relative ease of drinking. A good first impression for the Old Ale style on my tastebuds.


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